Our magnificent herd of elephants are one of the first animals that you'll see when you visit, and we can't think of a better way for you to begin exploring the zoo.

Elephants are intelligent and sociable animals who live together in family groups and usually led by the oldest female. We also have a bull elephant, Aung Bo, who joined us in 2012 and plays an important role in our conservation breeding programme.

Their most distinctive features is of course their long trunks which can be very powerful, but also very delicate when needed to forage for food.

Our youngest elephant Nandita, was born in August 2015 to experienced mum Thi.

Making a difference in Assam

For over 10 years we've been working in Assam, India to help elephants and humans live alongside one another safely. You can watch a video from our recent trip to Assam here.


Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is a deadly virus which affects young elephants typically around weaning age. Find out what we're doing to understand more about this disease and eradicate it here.

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Interesting facts

Where they live India and Southeast Asia.
Habitat Scrub forest and grassy terrain.
Size Length: up to 6.4m
Shoulder height up to 3m
Weight Up to 5000kg
Threats Habitat loss due to logging, agricultural and urban development. Poaching for ivory.Conflict with humans – as their natural habitat is lost, more animals are wandering into farmed areas causing crop damage. Increasing numbers of people have also died as a result of elephant encounters. This has led to retaliatory hunting by some communities.